They are "cool", which may date me. What about "awesome"? Or "formidable" in French (but, for all I know, that term may be passe now, as well). The words may change, but the feelings of creativity and possibility, of sustained effort, of mistakes and retakes, of utility or excess or both, and of hope and success, which fuel Makers and encourage would-be makers are real and deep.
We're honored to be part of this movement and to showcase Maker Minds in Mendocino County. Yes, it's our first year, and we're trying to explain to some folks what a Maker Faire is, and, at the same time,searching out people who are just "handy" at inventions and homesteading and do-it-yourself. There's room for as many Makers as we can find, so if you're one, or know of one, let them know that there's a place for Mendocino Makers. And have a Happy Makers' Day!